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Fool's Fire (1992)

A crippled dwarf is forced to become jester to a tyrannical king, but when the king abuses a beautiful dwarf with whom the jester is in love the jester plots a terrible revenge.

Director:

Julie Taymor

Writer:

Edgar Allan Poe (story "Hop-Frog")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Anderson ... Hopfrog
Mireille Mossé Mireille Mossé ... Trippetta
Tom Hewitt Tom Hewitt ... The King
Paul Kandel Paul Kandel ... Minister Torello
Reg E. Cathey ... Minister Gunther
Kelly Walters Kelly Walters ... Minister Cicero
Thomas Derrah Thomas Derrah ... Minister Horatio
Patrick Breen ... Minister Vsquez
Glenn Santiago Glenn Santiago ... Minister Francis
Patrick O'Connell Patrick O'Connell ... Minister Bacci
Robert Dorfman Robert Dorfman ... The Duke
Joan MacIntosh ... The Duchess
Cynthia Darlow ... Lady Celestina
Pippa Pearthree ... Lady Louisa
Betsy Aidem ... Lady Angela
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A crippled dwarf is forced to become jester to a tyrannical king, but when the king abuses a beautiful dwarf with whom the jester is in love the jester plots a terrible revenge.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1992 (USA) See more »

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Hopfrog: [reciting] Hear your Hopfrog with his bells, silver bells/What a world of merriment their melody fortells!/How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle in the icy air of night/while the stars that over-sprinkle all the heavens/Seem to twinkle with a crystilline delight!
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Amazingly original treatment of obscure story
14 March 2004 | by griffwnSee all my reviews

I was captivated by this film when it first appeared on PBS...and have since been captivated by most of what Julie Taymore has involved herself with.

I would love to have this available on DVD. How unfortunate that it is not!

For those who are fans of absurdist theatre (such as Ionesco and others), or who enjoyed the films in the City of Lost Children genre, I definitely recommend getting a hold of a copy of this. It is odd, haunting, and a stroke of design brilliance!


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